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Stand for Butter Dish and Cover

Both stoneware and salt glaze were introduced to England from Germany in the 17th century. Salt-glazed stoneware is created by adding common salt, a composition of sodium and chlorine, into the chamber of a hot kiln; the sodium acts as a melting agent and reacts with the clay's silica causing an orange-peel texture. First practiced in London, the medium spread to Staffordshire around 1720. Here, it reached its highest level of technological development and its most varied range of types and forms.

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c. 1740
Stoneware with salt glaze
6.5 x 16.5in
41-23/669 C
Image and text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023

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